Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarius   [Pallas, 1771]

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Order: Charadriiformes Family: Charadriidae
BTO Codes: IP, SOCPL EURING No: 4910
Number in Britain: 1 record/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: 1 Global Conservation Concern; Critically Endangered
Global: Critically Endangered (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 28 cm Wingspan: 73 cm Weight: M/F: 220 g    
Scientific name from: L.: vannus a winnowing fan (in ref. to its floppy flight) and L.: gregarius=gregarious
World Distribution: BREEDS: sc Russia, WINTERS: Middle East, ne Africa
Habitat: Dry steppe
Diet: Insects, esp beetles, grasshoppers, caterpillars
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Lancashire, c. 1860 (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 38 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: September to November
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Orkney (1969),
   North-east England: Northumberland (1971),
   North-west England:
   English Midlands: Derbyshire (1993), Northamptonshire (1988), Nottinghamshire (1978),
   Eastern England: Cambridgeshire (1991), Essex (2005), Hertfordshire (1961), Lincolnshire (1993), Norfolk (1993), Suffolk (2000),
   South-east England: Berkshire (1991), Hampshire (1986), Isle of Wight (1980), Kent (1998), Greater London (2005), Oxfordshire (1980), East Sussex (2001), West Sussex (1985),
   South-west England: Cornwall (1987), Devon (1963), Dorset (1995),
   Wales: Gower (1984),

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Other Names

Sociable Lapwing
Previously Chettusia gregaria
Gaelic: Welsh: Cwtiad Heidiol
Danish: Steppevibe Dutch: Steppekievit
Finnish: Arohyyppä French: Vanneau sociable
German: Steppenkiebitz Hungarian: Lilebíbic
Icelandic: Steppuvepja Irish: Pilibín Ealtúil
Italian: Pavoncella gregaria Norwegian: Steppevipe
Polish: Czajka towarzyska Portuguese: Abibe-gregário
Spanish: Chorlito social Swedish: Stäppvipa

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